Calvin Johnson breaks down the Lions’ secondary

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 2, 2013 – 7:50 pm

Ron Bartell“I always go against the starting two corners, Chris Houston and Ron Bartell, and they’re bigger backs. Both Chris and Bartell are real strong. You have to use all your techniques in order to get off the line with those guys.

“They also have experience, which makes a lot of difference — it is everything in the NFL. The more experience you have, the better your instincts are … and at cornerback, instincts are everything.

“Looking at our young guys, Chris Greenwood is finally getting to see the field. He doesn’t have as much experience with us on the field as he might want, but he’s being physical out there so that will play out better for him.

“Bentley, he’s got a little game experience. If he just stays healthy, he’s going to be all right — he’s going to be a playmaker for us. And with Jonte, we just need him to stay healthy and be a little more physical out there and he’ll be all right.

“The rookie, Slay, he’s got the tools. He’s got the speed, he can catch the ball, and he can make plays on the ball. He’s an all-around good corner but he’s still raw. For him, the biggest thing is getting experience from us in training camp and preseason.

“Having a veteran like Quin out there is also going to help out a lot. Its like when we had Delmas out there last year. When you got Delmas out there, everybody is comfortable, everybody knows what to do. I think we can get the same thing out of Quin.”

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Slay: “I’ve been on the field two days now, and it feels good to get moving.”

Posted by Tara Altman on June 4, 2013 – 3:51 pm

Darius Slay

CB Darius Slay

“I’ve been on the field two days now, and it feels good to get moving. I feel comfortable right now and I’m blessed to be out there, so I’m just having a good time. I’m feeling real good physically, I’m just waiting for coach Schwartz to give me the go call, so I can go for the whole time, but I guess they’re going to be patient and wait. It is a little bit difficult to be held back, but it’s for my safety and I understand that.

“Chris (Houston) is continuing to coach me up. The first day that I got a little more activity in he talked to me about the coverage and what I should do here, depending on what happens there, etc., so he helped me a lot – him and Ron (Bartell).

“Next week is mini-camp, I’m just taking it one day at a time. Like I said, I’m just ready for the go call, but I’m looking forward to next week. I’m ready. I’m ready to participate in everything we do, go at it and get better.”

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Brandon Pettigrew’s ankle won’t keep him from playing in season finale

Posted by ttwentyman on December 30, 2012 – 12:31 pm

Brandon Pettigrew’s sore ankle will not keep him out of the Lions’ season finale vs. Chicago today.

The fourth-year tight end practiced for the first time in two weeks on Friday since sustaining the injury in the first quarter at Green Bay Dec. 9. He was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report, but the ankle has responded well to treatment and he’ll try to give it a go. He’s missed the team’s previous two games.

Safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston, who were both listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, are active and will start.

Cornerback Ron Bartell, who the Lions signed just two weeks ago, will start at right cornerback opposite Houston. The Lions like Bartell’s size (6-1, 210) and want to see him in action before the offseason.

Rookie cornerback Jonte Green will likely play the nickel cornerback role. Green had been starting the last couple weeks at right cornerback.

Cornerback Drayton Florence is inactive. He was not listed on the injury report this week and is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Joining Florence on the inactive list for the Lions are: running back Kevin Smith, safety Ricardo Silva, offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, quarterback Kellen Moore and defensive end Ronnell Lewis.

Andre Fluellen will get the start next to Ndamukong Suh at defensive tackle.

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Lions place CB Jacob Lacey on IR; sign CB Ron Bartell

Posted by ttwentyman on December 18, 2012 – 7:02 pm

The Lions have lost another defensive back to the injured reserve list.

This time, it’s cornerback Jacob Lacey, who suffered a subluxation of his left knee cap in the team’s loss to the Cardinals last week.

“It’s not an ACL or a surgery,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday. “But it is going to put him down for a little while. It popped back in on the field. He was game (to try and come back) but couldn’t run well enough.”

Lacey has been battling foot and Achilles tendon injuries for most of the season.

“He’s a tough guy and he’ll bounce back from this,” Schwartz said.

To take Lacey’s place on the active roster, the Lions signed veteran cornerback Ron Bartell, who spent his first seven seasons with the Rams and started six games with the Raiders this year.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Bartell grew up in Detroit and played his college football at Howard.

“He’s a big corner. He’s got experience,” Schwartz said of Bartell. “He’s in good shape and has been playing recently. He worked out well for us.”

Bartell played as recently as Week 14 for the Raiders in a loss to the Broncos. He started that game and recorded four tackles and defended a pass.

The Raiders cut him Dec. 10 so they could get a look at some of their younger players, according to reports.

Bartell missed all but one game in 2011 because of a neck injury. He signed with the Raiders as a free agent this offseason and started Week 1. He broke his shoulder blade in the first game of the season, but returned to the lineup Nov. 11 in Baltimore and started the next five games.

He has 71 career starts in a eight-year career.

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